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Welcome to the fascinating world of Pharmacognosy, a discipline that explores the intricate relationship between plants and medicine. As the author of this bilingual textbook of Pharmacognosy written for D. Pharm students, I am delighted to guide you through the rich tapestry of natural products that form the backbone of pharmaceutical science. This bilingual textbook has been meticulously crafted to cater to the diverse linguistic needs of students pursuing their Diploma in Pharmacy (D. Pharm). Whether you are more comfortable with English or seek clarity in Hindi, my goal is to facilitate a seamless learning experience, ensuring that language barriers do not hinder your comprehension of this vital subject. The journey through the pages of this textbook will expose you to the wide spectrum of natural products, exploring their origins, classifications, and  therapeutic potentials. We will unravel the secrets of plant morphology, chemistry, and the intricate pathways that transform these botanical wonders into potent medicines. Additionally, we will delve into the critical aspects of quality control, standardization, and the ethical considerations surrounding the use of medicinal plants. As you embark on this educational expedition, I encourage you to embrace the dual-language format. Whether you choose to absorb the content in English or Hindi, rest assured that the essence and depth of knowledge remain unchanged. This bilingual approach not only enhances your linguistic skills but also reflects the global nature of pharmaceutical science, where collaboration and communication are vital.

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ISBN 978-81-19781-76-8
Publishers R. Narain Publishers & Distributors
Author Prof. (Dr.) Abadhesh Kumar Niranjan
Binding Paperback
Edition 1/e
Price 260
Year 2024
Pages 208
Subject Bilingual Text Book of Pharmacognosy
Weight 225 g
Dimensions 24 × 19 × 1 cm

Table of Content


Definition, history, present status and scope of Pharmacognosy.


Classification of drugs:

Alphabetical, Taxonomical,  Morphological,  Pharmacological, Chemical, Chemo-taxonomical


Quality control of crude drugs:

l Different methods of adulteration of crude drugs

l Evaluation of crude  drugs


Brief outline of occurrence, distribution, isolation, identification tests, therapeutic activity and pharmaceutical applications of alkaloids, terpenoids, glycosides, volatile oils, tannins and  resins.


Biological source, chemical constituents and therapeutic efficacy of the following categories of crude drugs.

l Laxatives: Aloe, Castor oil, Ispaghula, Senna

l Cardiotonic: Digitalis, Arjuna

l Carminatives and G.I. regulators: Coriander, Fennel, Cardamom, Ginger, Clove, Black Pepper, Asafoetida, Nutmeg,  Cinnamon

l Astringents: Myrobalan, Black Catechu, Pale Catechu.

l Drugs acting onnervous system: Hyoscyamus, Belladonna, Ephedra, Opium, Tea leaves, Coffee seeds, Coca.

l Anti-hypertensive: Rauwolfia

l Anti-tussive: Vasaka, Tolu Balsam

l Anti-rheumatics: Colchicum seed

l Anti-tumour: Vinca, Podophyllum

l Antidiabetics: Pterocarpus, Gymnema

l Diuretics: Gokhru,  Punarnava

l Anti-dysenteric: Ipecacuanha

l Antiseptics anddisinfectants: Benzoin, Myrrh, Neem, Turmeric

l Antimalarials: Cinchona, Artemisia

l Oxytocic: Ergot

l Vitamins: Cod liver oil, Shark  liver oil

l    Enzymes: Papaya, Diastase, Pancreatin,Yeast

l Pharmaceutical Aids: Kaolin, Lanolin, Beeswax, Acacia, Tragacanth, Sodium alginate, Agar, Guar gum, Gelatine

l Miscellaneous: Squill, Galls, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Guggul


Plant fibres used as surgical dressings: Cotton, silk, wooland  regenerated fibres

Sutures – Surgical Catgut  and  Ligatures


Basic principles involved in the  traditional systems  of medicine like: Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy

Method of preparation of Ayurvedic formulations like: Arista, Asava, Gutika, Taila, Churna, Lehya and  Bhasma.


Role of medicinal and  aromatic plants in national economy and  their export potential.


Herbs as health food: Brief introduction and  therapeutic applications of: Nutraceuticals, Antioxidants, Pro-biotics, Pre-biotics, Dietary fibres, Omega-3-fatty acids, Spirulina, Carotenoids, Soya and Garlic.


Introduction to herbal formulations.


Herbal cosmetics: Sources, chemical constituents, commercial preparations, therapeutic and  cosmetic uses of: Aloe vera  gel, Almond oil, Lavender oil, Olive oil, Rosemary oil, Sandal Wood oil.


Phytochemical investigation of drugs.


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